Understanding The Life And Career Of Skout’s CFO, Portia Kersten

The chief financial officer of Skout, Portia Kersten, has been working with early stage entities and high growth corporations in different industries. She has been able to raise capital, enhance growth potential, register successful exists and augment operations for the different companies that have enlisted her services. Portia graduated from Columbia University with an MBA.

When asked about her life experience that triggered her leadership abilities, Portia asserted that because of her poor background, she invested much time in books. Portia did not have the privilege of having a television, thus imaginations made her to seek for more information about the world around. Her role models were persons that had fought the odds such as Charles Dickens and her namesake, Portia, who was as one of the characters in Shakespeare’s, the Merchant of Venice.

When discussing about her previous employment, Portia asserted that she had worked at large and small companies. She used the experiences that she learned from companies such as GE and brought them to small, high growth corporations. With each company having unique challenges, innovative solutions are required in order to address all these problems. In doing her work, Portia has been able to achieve work/life balance by placing one of her foot in front of the other. She asserts that she focuses on high priority undertakings, which includes both personal and professional issues. Portia’s husband asserts that efficiency in all things is her favorite refrain.

Portia praises the talented team that she works with at Skout. She asserts that it is a privilege to work with Andreessen Horowitz. Every employee works towards making the company last for a long time. Portia is proud of Skout’s organizational culture. She lauds the efforts made by Skout to enhance consumer products. Portia posits that women should embrace versatility in order to succeed in their respective careers. She adds that she is first a businessperson and finance comes in second. For one to get a C-level job, one needs to exercise patience. Portia argues that people need to question the status quo and not to allow anyone define them. In terms of friends, Portia advises that one should make friendship with people who do not miss them and every other person should rank second. This information was originally reported on Huffington Post.

At the workplace, women’s biggest issue is confidence. Portia contends that logic, repeat and politeness are the recipes for confidence. She encourages women to put their feet in the conference room because it is very comfortable. Portia mentors young women to start their careers. Her role model and mentor was Robin Wolaner, author of Naked in the Board Room. She asserts that Margaret Thatcher is a pure example of a leader. Portia is confident that Skout will make local and international clients to have a positive experience. She was happy about Skout Philippines Community for supporting a local member’s medical needs. Portia said that such actions make her job fulfilling.

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